Psychologist, Speaker, Author

My name is Dr. Sam Himelstein and I’m a licensed psychologist, public speaker, author, and researcher.

I currently work as a Chemical Dependency Psychologist at Kaiser Permanente with teens and their families, in private practice in Oakland, CA, and research the efficacy of mindfulness-based interventions with incarcerated and underserved adolescent populations. I also have authored multiple scholarly journal articles and two books, and love to travel the country speaking at conferences and conducting professional trainings.

I am the founder and president of the Center for Adolescent Studies, Inc., a professional training institute for adults working with teens which offers online and in-person trainings on mindfulness, trauma, substance abuse, and other topics that young people struggle with. My mission is to help professionals from multiple disciplines create authentic, healing relationships with the adolescents They work with. Learn more about my books: A Mindfulness-Based Approach to Working with High-Risk Adolescents (Routledge, 2013), and Mindfulness-Based Substance Abuse Treatment for Adolescents: A 12-Session Curriculum (Routledge, 2015).


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